SIOUX CITY, IA (KTIV/CNN) - A man's routine oil change caused one cat to scratch off one more of its 9 lives.
Mike Kerkman drove 45 miles to get his oil changed. When he got there, "They opened up the hood and there was a cat with its head sticking through a little hole," he said.
The cat had gotten stuck in a hole under the hood, by the washer fluid.
"He was scared. He was almost, like, choking. His head was the only
thing that could get through that hole," said Bob Rorich, a service
technician at Norfolk GM Auto Center.
"Operation Kitty Rescue" took about 90 minutes. A local vet was able to provide a sedative to make sure the cat got out safely.
"The cat was just frantic. It was in distress. It needed to relax
and calm down, so when in that situation, the best bet is to sedate the
cat," said Tabitha Streeter, an employee at the body shop who had
previously worked at a vet clinic.
After removing the front bumper and cutting a bigger hole in the metal around the kitty's neck, she was removed from the car.
She's back home now chasing mice.
"I just kept going, 'Oh, what's this going to cost me?' They go, 'Eh
don't worry about it!' I walked out of there. I didn't pay anything,"
Norfolk GM workers named the cat Sierra after the type of vehicle she was stuck in.